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400 years into the future, disease has wiped out the majority of the world's population, except one walled city, Bregna, ruled by a congress of scientists. When Æon Flux, the top operative in the underground 'Monican' rebellion, is sent on a mission to kill a government leader, she uncovers a world of secrets.
This is like a film that would be played, on mute, in the background during a party at your weird friend's house while he plays Ministry on a CD-R and some guy named Trevor talks about how he hates his job at Best Buy.
Taking place in a future where a walled city contains the remnants of humanity, Karyn Kusama's "Aeon Flux" is a bland science fiction epic. Lacking the personality and punch necessary to engage, the film sports a compelling heroine played by Charlize Theron but does not do anything interesting with her. Laborious at times, the anime-inspired film rates as watchable though it generates very little that would rate as memorable.
The narrative is built around a future society where a rebellion quietly bubbles up against the ruling class. Theron's Aeon Flux is the chosen one whose skills and talents will spearhead the tide against those in power. It is a future-world hero quest, and, though it refreshingly features a woman hero,…
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Let's get this straight...this film pulls off many incredible feats.
1) Adapts an iconic cartoon TV show into an incredible work of art.
2) Completely nails the look and feel and even the quiet brooding mood of the original material. The worldbuilding captured here is remarkable.
3) If you haven't watched the original series, the storyline renders an adaptation impossible. It is virtually unfilmable as a feature film. Not anymore.
4) Darn near perfect casting across the board anchored by a perfect characterization of Aeon herself by Charlize Theron. How come no one talks about this film when talking about her career?
5) The storyline…
Logan's Run meets Zardoz with Charlize Theron kicking some major butt and somehow it still manages to be boring.
Nothing ground breaking but I can't say I had a bad time watching it. I think that is mostly due to Charlize Theron carrying the movie and the fun style. I'd put it in the same category as the Underworld and Resident Evil movies, strong female leads that are fun to watch but with scripts written by hacks.
Does a great job of replicating the pervy bio-organic weirdness of the cartoon, with vaguely vaginal poison dart-shooting security fruit, spies passing sensitive stolen technologies with their tongues, or Sophie Okonedo's hand-feet. But it was probably a mistake to try to manufacture a decipherable plot out of what was always an intentionally narratively baffling feat of imaginative futurist design and impossible animated acrobatics. There's just too much talking and explaining, and what should be carried off with alluring silence instead seems like intentional camp. That's not necessarily bad, but unfortunately Kusama's action has been sliced to ribbons for a PG-13, and in the occasional instance when it's not, you get bland stuff like Charlize spinning in place with a machine gun, and so most of what was lithe and visceral in the source material ends up a generic blur here.
Would have made a much better mini-series. Or maybe an animated show on MTV or something.
I am amazed how the people who made this looked at that final cut of the movie and thought it was ready for theaters. This film is a complete and utter disaster. The acting is atrocious, the characters are bland, the writing is lazy, and it literally has no plot. This is just a random collection of scenes that make zero sense whatsoever. Also, the action set pieces are some of the worst I have ever seen, because the editing is so choppy that you cannot see anything going on, and the wire tricks are completely obvious. The only two redeeming qualities are Charlize Theron, who is lovely to look at, and the production values are actually quite good with…
You didn't believe me when I said I'd watch Charlize in anything. Shows how much YOU know.
Pretty, but perilously stupid. Dystopia by numbers. Manages to be even less cheerful than the dour Equilibrium, and it takes itself just as stupidly serious.
"I had a family once, I had a life. Now all I have is a mission"
What was it with the mid-2000s and overblown Sci-Fi movies? It's highly evident that Æon Flux is trying to say something, anything but it can't get past its posturing as something greater than it actually is. I've had more thought provoking conversations with people in YouTube comments.
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DISMISSIVE WANK EMOTICON.
Aeon Flux is bad, sometimes really bad, but at least you can tell someone in production actually wanted it to work as intelligent sci-fi. The costumes are cheap looking, the action scenes are directed badly, and the script feels unfinished; however, the handling of the source material's more fantastical elements is pretty solid. It's impossible to not see the battle between the creatives and the studio all over this movie.
Charlize Theron is one of my favorite actors, always one step ahead of the game.
Man, this is going to be a challenging one to review. This movie gave me so many mixed emotions that I don't know if I recommend it for a bad movie night, if I should recommend staying away from it or if I should just throw my hands up and go "Meh". Because this movie has some things it does well and some things it flat out misses the mark on. So I guess I start with my expectations going in and my initial feelings on it from the beginning.
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